First of all, reroll that %blessed shield damage on your shield into 10% Critical Chance. This is really best stat on your shield. Reroll slash damage on your belt into %life. In my opinion - reroll ASPD on Andariel into 5% Critical Chance - crusader does not need attack speed so much. 6% does not change a thing with 1hander. You should also farm A1 bounties for the Ring of Royal to get 20% more HP from Asheara's and free one slot from aughids.
And now about skills.
Try changing the bowman into Condemn (with the Vacuum or Shattering Explosion). You should see great improvement there. Condemn is 1100% weapon damage as holy. This multiply with your elemental damage. It's great cleaner and burst damage, spammable on Akarath.
Change the Judgment into Provoke with Charged Up and combo this with both - blessed shield and Heaven's Fury (that you going to get instead of Steed). You are going to lose Steed that gives you mobility every ~~12 seconds, but instead you are going to clear trash and elite packs SO much faster. The time of clearing will be better than it's now. Trust me.
Lord Commander is not worth if you don't use bombardier. So please, change it into Renewal and change Long Arm into Hold Your Ground. This will let you survive with ease on T4.
im happily running around in T1 rifts with this guy, could probs do t2 but I think t3 would be a bit dodgy, what do you guys reckon?
Well I'm not gonna say that you should upgrade your equipment. This is what diablo is about, so lets try to make some progress with your current gear.
First of all, reroll that slot on your andariel into %lighting. Ring of Royal is quite not worth it with only Aughilds. You need 2 sets to make it worth. You deal 15% more damage to elites but you could have Str/vit/Cc/CDM on your ring instead of this.
Heaven's Fury is ok, but the Split Fury rune is not as good as Blessed Ground. Split Fury never collides on one target and Blessed Ground grands you extra dot damage for Charged Up to proc (the provoke rune).
You got FoH to deal great amount of AoE damage, try changing Slash into Justice with Hammer of Pursuit or Burst. This will make you deal more single target damage (significantly more). Also change the Condemn into Akarath. I know it's long cooldown but Akkarath with Rally rune will let you deal with 2-3 packs of elites at once within 10-20seconds. Remember that you can DIE on akarath once and you will get 100% hp back. This is out of jail card.
Vigilant is bad passive. It gives you 5% damage reduction and only 2000hp regen. Change it into Divine Fortress for 24% more armor. You can try finery instead of righteousness.
Remember that game counts HP as basic toughness multiplier, that's why sometimes toughness does not reflect the true survivability. You need about 400k HP to be ok. You should have around 20,000 armor with the Divine Fortress - and that is more than ok for T2
Wanted to pop back in and give props to Silvach for some solid advice. Switched to using the Maximus and man what a difference. I did find a decent 2 handed flail and really wanted to use it (just cause I like the look of the flails). But it was missing the impact of the fire skills extra damage. I feel like I'm actually doing some damage now. Also usingProvoke with Charged Up was a good call. Reallyappreciate you taking time out to help some other players..
thanks for the input silvach, I'm using defender of westmarch right now for kicks but I was thinking of switching to Coven's Criterion if I'm going to continue using punish for the extra mitigation
Coven's Criterion is ok. Westmarch is AoE damage that does 7-8mln per tick (it does Weapon ele damage, so with Maximus you deal fire damage with it) but the real upgrade for fire build is the most uncommon and the hardest to get - Akarat's Awakening. This is straight upgrade to T6. It works even better than Akkhams set and you still can have your cindercoat and magefists.
It's better to stay with Westmarch, believe me, it does great amount of damage.
Howdy everyone, I've been somewhat fortunate with weapon drops and have Fate of the Fell, Schaefer's Hammer, Maximus, Skywarden, Gyrfalcon's Foote, and The Mortal Drama. I've been trying to find a build I really like and the majority of my gear skews towards Fire coming in at 51%, Holy at 41%, and Lightning at 39% with a lot of room for rerolling on things like Harrington Waistguard, Razor Strop, and Thundergod's Vigor. I was hoping I could get some opinions about maybe where to go next or what to try, here's my armory
Many people think that Holy Crus is the best way to go. Lighting is budget and effective till T3, Fire is good but it lacks some synergy from skills and finally Holy with full set and Blade of Prophecy is said to be the best build right now.
I disagree with that. Clearly Crusader suffers when he has to clear a single target and neither Blade of Prophecy or Akarath is effective against that. Yes, you may have burst every ~~6-7 seconds that does about 40mln damage with good gear, but that is not much when fighting a guardian with 2mld HP. What I recommend and what I'm trying to do on my Crusader is Fire one. Fire Crusader does not suffer from the single target disease, he clears packs very fast and has no problems with trash mobs. He just shines in every single part of the game. Can be effective either in party and solo. However, there is one thing that makes this build hard to complete - to be good T6 fire Crusader you need allot of good equipment. Core of your damage is maximus. His fire chains, with my equipment, does 10-12mln damage per tick and he ticks about 2 times per second. He got nice uptime and does not require a miracle to be summoned. However, as I said, you need not only allot of Fire% elemental damage, but also attack speed, critical chance and critical damage as well as strength. You need trifecta on most of your gears to be effective. Maximus tick damage increases with STR (base weapon damage multiplier), CC, CDM, ASPD (attack speed increases the damage of ticks, not speed of it) and fire%.
I would recommend you going that way. It's time consuming to get all the gear needed (but on the other hand you don't need to farm full Akkham set to do T5-T6) but it's rewarding.
Looking at your current build I just can say that I prefer Fire Hammers as spender, it does massive DoT damage as well (that stacks with charged up) and it's highly effective to clear the map from the trash mobs. You need to reroll A-res on your pants for 2 sockets - you can get 140 ares from it or just buff your strength. Also you will get bonus STR from the Finery passive. Other than that, you just need to upgrade your gear and proceed further
I'm not a specialist as Mannercookie, but he does looks on this game trough glasses of player that commits to the game 24/7. I can only say what is the best method to solo the T5 rifts in express mode. I don't have experience from T6, but what I lack is only some better gear (better amulet, better helmet and SoJ) to do it effectively.
Thanks for the input. Will change to Smite soon.
Weapons are my arch enemy. Got the one equipped from a friend when I started the Crusader
Only found a lightning based Mortal Drama without socket and a cold based BoP without str/socket.
Still hope to find a Jekangboard. After that will start to gamble for Weapons.
I'm here to help you guys with your current gear. Jekangboard is a build changer. Let me know when you got it and we will think about build for your gear
currently farming T3 pretty easy. did not try T4 solo so far.
got a SoJ yesterday with str/vit - 20% lightning and 30% elite but i do not want to play a lightning build.
I guess the 30% elite damage would make up for the loss of chc and chd if I can enchant 20% holy?
I currently do not have aughild or asheras plans.
Not much to do here.
Yes, the SoJ 20% Holy will make much more damage than leoric with this CC/CDM. It's not only 20% buff to your basic skill multiplier but also you will buff your damage by 30% on elites, and that is where the damage is needed the most. (fast and simplified mat:
You do 1000dmg.
You use holy skill that does 200% damage.
You got 400% CDM basic without leoric or SoJ When you use current Leoric:
You do 2000dmg on normal hit and 8900dmg when Crit, and 8900 crit on elites. When you gonna use SoJ:
You do 2200dmg on normal hit and 8800dmg when crit, and 11440 crit on elites.)
Change the Zeal into Smite with Shatter! Smite does 165% HOLY damage and 125% to 3 other targets plus 20% explosion. Multiply this by your Holy Damage % and you gonna get much more dps from it than Zeal. You don't need Attack Speed. You are FoH/Condemn/Heaven's Fury Crusader. Non of those skills takes any advantage from attack speed.
If you are tough enough the passives seems ok. If not, change Righteousness into Divine Fortress. Still 11% armor buff is something.
Other than this you only need a better weapon (Blade of Prophecy ofc).
You are using Wrathful but yet you don't have any good wrath spender, you even divide the wrath spender by half when using Law of Valor and by another half with Akarath up. Furthermore, you only have 22k health globe extra healing bonus on your gear. This does not heal you at the moment, that's why:
First of all, you should change the Falling Sword into something that synergy with Provoke better. I would recommend you changing it into Fist of The Heaven with Heaven's Tempest rune. This will make you tick enough times to fully proc the Charged Up rune.
You don't need the Unstoppable Force on your Laws of Valor, you'r using Blessing Hammer and it does cost 10 wrath, divide this by half when in Akarath form and you only pay 5. This is more than enough. I would recommend using the Critical rune, which gives you more burst power or the Answered Prayer - this gives you a speed buff, damage buff and utility buff for 60 seconds which is more than enough to have it on yourself for 100% time. However, the Chardeg Up - Fist of Heaven and Critical combo will burst your enemies in seconds.
For furthersurvivability I recommed using Renewal instead of Righteousness. As i mentioned before, your main warth spender is Blessing Hammer that takes only 10 wrath per cast. FoH would be spammable at Akarath form anyway (Charged up gives you wrath, double that on akarath).
Keep up gearing and let me know if there is anything more I can help with.
Thanks a lot for taking your time to reply to my query.
I did as you said and replaced Finery with Renewal and my health never dropped more than 15% without healing me back up almost instantly. This was the sole reason I had the Prophet rune on Akarat's rather than the Rally one, to make sure that I can have a 'get out of jail card' in times of need. But that's not necessary anymore!
Heaven's Fury and Condemn feel very powerful and it's very refreshing to be using other sources of damage other than Blessed Shields again and again. I prefer using the Condemn Unleashed rune for instant damage on the Rift bosses as Blessed Shield covers most of my AoE already.
I usually have my Templar full geared but I was trying out the Asheara's set bonus on my Barbarian today and transferred all the equipment to his followers, but now I got it back on. I then did some solo Rifts with your feedback on my skills and I even got my first Akkahn's set piece drop!
I would love to see your input on you think that I can improve on, apart from getting the Akkhan set items which I can't seem to find.
I'm currently farming T2 rifts in groups and I feel like I have the damage and survability to do more, since I clear very easily with my Blessed Shield, yet as soon as I try T3, I get my ass kicked by the first elite group I encounter even though I have AR ~1000 and 19k Armor. Paragon points are put in +STR, +AS, +AR and Area Damage. Thanks!
You got quite nice equipment. You should be able to do T3 with that kind of gear and set bonuses. What you lack is (like Shadow_Jackal) synergy from your skills and passives.
You are playing HC, so first of all I recommend dumping 350 str from Finery and replacing it with Renewal. You got 45% block chance so it gives you 45% chance to heal yourself fro 12k. This and Holy Cause should provide you enough healing to survive Fire Chains elites with ease.
Phalanx is quite ok, but in that case I would recommend using Heavens Fury (for the best synergy with Provoke Charged Up) - I know, that I repeat myself but this combo is too big to let it go. Heavens Fury with the DoT rune provides massive amount of ticks from Charged Up. Try it yourself.
Last but not least, with that amount of Holy Damage you simply can't ignore Condemn with Eternal Retaliation or Vacuum. Using Akarath with Rally and this skill is just so big. In your case you would do 1800% damage each explosion.
And please, mate. Don't use any other rune than Rally on akarath. It's just not worth it.
Use your followers. I know you'r doing groups mostly, but the healing provided by templar is basically second Health Potion every 30 seconds.
Thanks for the tips. I will read through it all closer once I get home from work and try some of your suggestions. I do have a Maximus very similar to yours (I think) in my stash that I can try. I will also try to acquire a Cindercoat asap.
Maximus is currently very powerful weapon. It deals massive amount of damage that is increased by ASPD, fire elemental damage, str and weapon damage. You should see massive improvement in dps dealt with it, both from fire chains that it provides and from westmarch ticks.
My fire crus got 1,170,000 dps while standing in town. This dps is increased further by 92% fire damage. But also i can do t5 with 9mln toughness thanks to double Unity on me and my immortal follower.
I wouldn't mind some suggestions. I've been trying to gear to be more survivable. So far I've only found one Akkhan piece. Not sure why but ingame I have near 16 million toughness and about 600 k damage but thats not what's showing on Battle.net. Anyway, thanks in advance !
First of all you need to buff up your elemental damage. Mostly, this statistic is underrated, however it can buff up your damage more than Critical Chance or Critical Damage. Remember that %ele damage multiply your skills damage (if you are using skill that multiply your damage by 200% and is considered as fire, and you got 50% fire damage from your items, you are dealing 300% dmg instead of 200%). So try to get some fire damage on bracers, amulet and buy Armors from gambling until you hit Cindercoat (if you are to go into fire damage).
You got some problems with synergy of your skills and equipment.
If you want to buff up your toughness and dps by passive skills (it will allow you to go more dps from your items), go Divine Fortress instead of vigilant (you got 31% block rate, that is 31% more armor); and Finery instead of Righteousness.
I would recommend using Punish with Roar to get your healing up and toughness up. You get extra 15% block rate (hitting 46% with it) which gives you more heals from Renewal, and more DPS from Defender of Westmarch also you will do aoe damage on block (which works miracles vs elites with electricity or damage reflect).If you are using Heaven's Fury I would recommend using Provoke with Charged Up. This combo will melt elites in seconds. Try it yourself. Use Heaven's fury and then Provoke.
Also try to get weapon that deals fire damage, the Westmarch is doing WEAPON ele damage. So if you get fire elemental weapon it will deal fire damage and will be buffed up by your %fire ele bonuses.
If you want to see my fire crusader (atm doing T5 with ease, still looking for akarath to do t6), check silvach#1214 on diaprogress or battle net.